Project

Q1 Building

Year of Completion

2010

Client

ThyssenKrupp AG

Material of interest

Metal

Material Used

Stainless Steel

Material Properties

400,000 metal “feathers” are anchored into 3,150 routered stainless steel moveable stalks, which can be mechanically controlled to transform the façade to allow more or less light into the building. The 1,280 motorized elements can be closed to create a more solid enclosure, follow the position of the sun, or be entirely open to allow maximum solar exposure.

Application

Exterior Façade System

Climate

Marine West Coast Climate

Environmental Response

The louver system directs natural light into interior spaces, reducing the need for electric lighting. It also keeps the glazed areas cool enough that the building does not require an air conditioning system.

Keywords

steel, germany, commercial, metal

Location

Essen, Germany

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Date submitted

2013

Disciplines

Architecture

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